The state government of Zamfara has defied an appeal court judgement that declared the primary elections of the All Progressive Congress, APC, held in the State on the 7th of October, 2018, null and void.
According to the verdict of the court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, as it was delivered on Monday 25th, 2019, “it is the responsibility of the National Working Committee of All Progressive Congress to conduct primary elections for all aspirants contesting for one post or the other in the State.”
“This, however, negates what happened in Zamfara where State Chapter of All Progressive Congress conducted the primary election on 7th of October, 2018.”
PoliticsNGR gathered that the High Court of Zamfara State had initially delivered its verdict in support of the primary elections on 25th of January, 2019. However, the aggrieved members of the party led by Senator Kabiru Marafa went ahead to appeal the judgement. Consequently, the appeal court set aside the judgement of the High court of Zamfara state and declared the primary elections null and void.
In a rejoinder signed and released by Chief Mike A. A. Ozekhome SAN, counsel to Senator Kabiru Marafa and one hundred and forty-one others, he explained that all the candidates of the APC in Zamfara, who participated in the 9th of March, 2019 elections were not recognized by law.
In court Documents seen by our correspondent(Attached Below), Ozekhome disclosed that the appeal was heard on Thursday, 21st March 2019, before the Court of Appeal Sokoto (Coram, Justice Tom Yakubu, JCA (Presiding), Justice Tijani Abdullahi, JCA and Justice Jamilu Tukur, JCA) and in a unanimous judgement delivered on Monday, 25th March, 2019, the court of Appeal allowed the Appeal and set aside in its entirety, the judgement of the Zamfara State High Court by SHINKAFI J in SUIT NO. ZMS/GS/52/2018.
The group went ahead to urge Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to act in line with the judgement of the appeal court, Sokoto Division.
While reacting to the judgement of the Appeal Court, Sokoto Division, the state government of Zamfara stated that the judgement had nothing to do with the October 7th Elections.
Below are the court documents seen by PoliticsNGR;